Many patients have a lot of questions and doubts regarding the right option for them while choosing to go in to for orthodontic treatment. Braces and invisalign are important tools in the orthodontist’s hand. When used appropriately, both these options can bring about wonderful results. The experience, expertise and ability of the orthodontist play an important role, along with patient compliance in determining the success of orthodontic treatment.
The orthodontist recommends options based on the type of malocclusion/correction required, the needs expressed by the patient (some people just do not want others to know or are very conscious about having a metallic smile at work or socially.) and the budget. Before discussing in depth about the pros and cons of wearing braces versus invisalign, we will briefly look at how to choose the best invisalign provider in your area.
Some tips for choosing an Invisalign provider:
In case you decide to undergo treatment using invisalign, it is important that you choose the right place and orthodontist for your treatment. Make sure you go with orthodontic specialists and not just a regular dentist. This will insure the best possible care. Invisalign providers are listed on their website and their designation as Top 1%, Elite, Premier, Preferred, General, and Teen is listed area wise. Of course, Top 1% providers are the most experienced ones. Their designation is determined based on the number of cases they have completed. This should give you a broad selection.
Next, check out their individual locations, offices and websites. Look for their reviews and success stories. Talk to their staff and go through patient testimonials. It is very important that you look for a doctor who has enough experience treating cases like yours. Get 2 or 3 opinions and make sure you take advantage of the free initial consultations that are provided at most places before making your final decision. You can also use online consultation if you like. This will save you a trip to the office. Do not forget to verify the credentials of the doctor you choose.
Other things to consider would be the hygiene and sterilization practices at the dental office and how the staff responds to your questions. Also, make sure the retention protocol is discussed and explained properly. Treatment without a retention phase is a sure fire relapse scenario. It would be a waste of money and effort.
With these tips, you can surely choose the right orthodontist to do the needful. Ask about the bonded retainer option and guarantees after completion of treatment.
We have listed some of the key points that you might be interested in knowing to help you with your decision. If you have any more questions, you always contact the Diamond Braces office.
Now coming to the pros and cons of braces versus invisalign. We are listing the ones that could help you arrive at a conclusion. So, take a look and happy decision making!
These are bonded to the tooth surface. The brackets and arch wires exert pressure on the teeth constantly, resulting in tooth movement. Follow up is needed every four weeks to adjust the wires. They can be metal, ceramic or incognito braces. Treatment duration is usually 12-24 months.
• Since they are fixed to the teeth, compliance is not an issue. The treatment is usually faster as it is more effective and the orthodontist has more control on the tooth movement because of the brackets and wires.
• All kinds of malocclusions ranging from simple to complex types can be corrected with braces.
• They are less expensive as compared to invisalign and pocket friendly as most insurance companies will cover their costs or part of their cost.
• The biggest issue with braces is they are bulky and highly noticeable in the mouth. Their bulk also causes physical discomfort in the mouth till one gets used to them.
• Broken brackets and wires can cause irritation and ulceration of oral mucosa.
• They are not removable by the patient. So, cleaning, brushing and flossing takes time and if one is lax in maintaining oral hygiene as per instructions, tooth decay and bad odor from the mouth is a given as the brackets tend to accumulate plaque and food debris.
• Usually more discomfort is felt during treatment
• Patient should avoid hard food such as pretzels, bagels to prevent breakage of appliances
The Invisalign process makes use of a series of computer-generated, clear, removable aligners that are worn by the patient to bring the malposed teeth into their correct positions. Each set of aligners gently moves the teeth towards their correct positons and is worn for approximately two weeks before moving on to the next set of aligners. Generally, the doctor will give you 2 sets at every appointment and you are responsible for changing them every two weeks. The treatment duration is approximately 12 to 24 months or more based on the type of issue and compliance.
• Almost undetectable when worn.
• Aligners are removable. So, there is no need to change any routine with respect to brushing, flossing and eating.
• The aligners are fabricated such that they have a smooth finish due to which the chances of irritation or ulceration of the oral mucosa are nil to minimal.
• They cannot be used to treat complex orthodontic problems like vertical movement of teeth, severe rotations or significant bite issues. In some cases, fixed appliances are needed before invisalign or after invisalign treatment
• They are more expensive option due to expensive cost of fabrication.
• Treatment process may be longer than with fixed appliances due to the nature of tooth movement build in with invisalign and multiple need of refinements. Plus, if the trays are misplaced/broken/lost, they have to be re-fabricated in the invisalign lab which further delays progress.
• Unless patient is compliant and wears them for almost 22 hours a day, the treatment is not very effective.
Keeping all these pros and cons in mind, it is best to go with what the professionals recommend and what we think is convenient for us to follow. Therefore, it is imperative that you seek the best orthodontic care provider in your area. A well experienced doctor, who cares about his patients and reputation, will ensure that you get the perfect smile using the right tools and methods.